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When the county commission was laying out its 2010-11 budget back in June of last year, they took the status quo budget for the year and then asked every department in the county to cut 10 percent. It was a grueling process that took numerous work sessions and discussions with department heads to hammer out. In the end, they were successful, but the county was still uncertain what would happen with revenues that have been dropping consistently since 2008.

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Brooks takes over as interim principal

According to sources, Terry Bradley, principal at East Franklin Elementary School, was given an ultimatum on Tuesday last week to resign or face immediate suspension with pay while an investigation into “leadership issues” is conducted. Rumors are rampant about what exactly led to the suspension, but this Tuesday, long-time Macon County educator Larry Brooks was sitting behind the principal’s desk at the school.

Superintendent Dan Brigman said he could not give details about the suspension, but emphasized that no criminal allegations were involved. Brigman stated that it was Bradley’s performance which was under review. “This is an internal review of leadership issues,” he said.

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The body of a drowned man was recovered from the Little Tennessee River in Franklin on Sunday.

Macon County 9-1-1 received a call from a mother and daughter riding bikes on the Greenway at approximately 1:10 p.m. The daughter initially had looked down at the river, and noticed a shoe in the water. After taking a closer look, the caller realized the shoe was worn by a body submerged under the water.

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A Highlands man remains in critical condition at Mission Memorial Hospital after an accident on Saturday in which he was struck in the head by a tree. John Roy Potts, 74, was helping a group of people clear trees from a property on Blue Valley Road in Highlands when the accident occurred.

The group was working at Neville Wilson Camp, when one tree they were removing became lodged in the branches of another tree. Potts, who was wearing protective ear coverings and did not hear the others in his group yelling out warnings, was struck in the head after the tree became dislodged and began falling again, according to Bobby Dorsey.

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